IWMW10 and Remote Audiences

I’m a busy a bee at the moment. The annual Institutional Web Management Workshop 2010 that I chair is looming large and this year we are doing even more to support remote attendees.

Last year I wrote a few blog posts about what went on:

We really tried to make remote audiences feel involved.

This year’s event takes place at the University of Sheffield next week (Monday 12 – Wednesday 14 July) and we have some great plenaries and sessions planned on many relevant areas (including the mobile Web). There is also lots of other technical innovation that remote workers might be interested in such as Location-Based Sharing Services.

Video Streaming and Twitter Walls

Once again we’ll be providing a live video stream of the plenary talks for those who can’t attend. We will try to ensure that the speakers’ slides are available on Slideshare so remote participants can view the slides easily. There will be an official live blogger who will be tweeting summaries of the talks (on @iwmwlive) and we will be encouraging discussion on the #iwmw10 Twitter hashtag. There will also be individual session hashtags e.g. #P0 for the welcome talk, #P1 for the first plenary talk, etc., which can be used in conjunction with the event hashtag. More information on use of Twitter at the event is available from the IWMW Web site on the Use of Twitter at IWMW page.

We also hope to have a Twitter wall integrated into the streaming page.

One thing we’d like to try to produce this year is a map showing the locations of remote participants. A simple way of doing this would be if Twitter users could geo-locate their #iwmw10 tweets.


The IWMW 2010 event blog is open to all, not just the local participants. A group on remote participation has been set up so feel free to ask any questions or raise any issues there.

During the event there will be lots more blogging and microblogging going on so keep a look out.


On top of all our usual innovations we will also be trying to evaluate the effectiveness and take up of the remote services. One way we will be doing this is by allowing the JISC Greening Events project to use the standard web log data for research purposes. The JISC-funded Greening Events project proposes to conduct an exploratory investigation into how to minimise the sustainability impacts of academic events (such as conferences and seminars, training, administrative and project related events) while gaining the maximum benefit from them.

I’ve written about the Greening Events Project before and have been offering support and advice to Paul Shabajee, the project leader, during the project life.

As well as looking at usage statistics Paul will also be interviewing and communicating with remote attendees. He’s written a blog post on his ideas.

At UKOLN we feel that there is a real need to evaluate the effectiveness of the amplification of the event in order to inform policy decisions as to whether we should be doing this at other events in the future.

We hope that those who can’t attend the event will find the video stream and backchannel valuable. However in order for us to be able to demonstrate the value of this amplification in light of cutbacks we will need evidence that this provides a return on investment. So we would encourage you to participate in the discussions on Twitter and the blog, give us feedback if there are any problems during the event and give us your thoughts on the value of the event amplification afterwards.

There is a blog post on the IWMW blog on our attempts to treat the remote audience as first-class citizens and my colleague Brian Kelly has also written more on this year’s amplified plans.

I will post more about how it went next week! Wish me luck!